‘Skin’ wrapping quickly

Roodt helming Henstridge, Fonda starrer in S.A.

JOHANNESBURG — The first movie to be made in South Africa this year, “Second Skin,” is about to wrap after a lightning-quick four-week shoot in Cape Town.

Starring Natasha Henstridge (“The Whole Nine Yards”), Angus MacFadyen (“Titus”), Peter Fonda (“The Limey”) and Liam Waite (“Simpatico”), the movie is a $3.5 million film noir that is to be distributed by Los Angeles-based Le Monde Entertainment, a subsidiary of Alliance.

Producer David Wicht told Daily Variety that his U.K.-based production company, Fiction Film and Television, managed to unearth spectacular locations in Cape Town that would result in a richly textured movie.

The film, a medium-budget project by South African standards, is being financed by pre-sales involving Le Monde and deals concluded by some of the movie’s executive producers, Jeff Morton, David Lancaster and Marc Forby.

“Second Skin” is the story of Sam Kaner (MacFadyen), a man with a criminal history seeking to escape to a new life away from mob connections. He is reluctantly drawn to a mysterious stranger, Crystal (Henstridge), and it is not long before he falls hard for her. However, Sam’s suspicions heighten when Crystal’s true identity proves to be even more alarming than his own.

The film is helmed by South African Darrell Roodt (“Sarafina!,” “Cry, the Beloved Country”). It has been acquired for South African distribution by filmmaker Anant Singh, who has produced most of Roodt’s projects.

Pic is due for release in September.

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